Make your Mark is our newest programme, and has been created to boost attainment for less advantaged students.

The programme was developed using research evidence and school leader insights, and drew on our last three years of experience delivering The Brilliant Tutoring Programme as an official tuition partner of the National Tutoring Programme.

Academic attainment gaps persist between more and less advantaged students. The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated these disparities and widened the gap, which could take many years to close. Students from less advantaged backgrounds are 18 months behind their more advantaged peers by the time they take their GCSEs.

Small group tutoring is one of the evidence-based approaches proven to improve student attainment. Make Your Mark aims to boost the attainment of Year 10 students, via study strategies embedded in core curriculum subjects, through small group tutoring. Our tutors are current undergraduate students from our partner universities who undergo our high-quality training.

From January-July 2023, we ran a pilot with the University of Sussex in schools across the South Coast. Our pilot data has shown that the programme increases students’ curriculum subject knowledge, meta-cognition, and academic self-efficacy.



The Programme – How it works

  • Selected Y10 pupils undergo tutorials in English or maths in groups of six.
  • Twelve tutorials are delivered in a hybrid format: eight online and in four in person.
  • The programme concludes with an in-person celebration event at the partner university.
  • Each school receives an end of programme impact report with pupil level analysis.
  • The programme runs in collaboration with partner universities, with whom costs are split.
  • Every school has a designated Programme Officer to provide end-to-end logistical support.

Student selection

We require that at least 55% of pupils registered on the programme fulfil at least one of the following criteria:

  • Pupil premium eligible
  • No parental history of higher education
  • Deprivation according to postcode: IDACI 1 – 4

Getting involved – schools

Please note, in 2023-24, we will run the programme only in schools in collaboration with selected universities (in contrast to The Scholars Programme, which runs nationally). Please email us to register your interest via the button below and our team will be in touch.

Getting involved – universities

If you are at a university in the UK and are interested in the Make your Mark programme, you can find out more here. We’d love to hear from you – please email us to start the conversation.